Artist: Pretenders Track: "Boots of Chinese Plastic" Album: Break Up the Concrete Listen

Caught a second of The Today Show this morning and was surprised to see Chrissie Hynde on stage with her band, playing songs from an album assistant editor Melissa Starker had been praising last week.

Musically, this is a pretty conservative album, combining the urban alt-country the Akron band popularized years back with rockabilly. Content-wise, this thing is strapped with interesting themes of new urbanism and the think-global-act-local mindset Hynde has been touting during the past decade.